Mission: To bring intensive, off-the-beaten-path, environmentally friendly art education to our neighborhoods, offering this service for free or at a very low cost.
Results: Having just finished our incorporation this year, we are already off to a great start. We have offered 3 different community art classes, and will host two more this year and next in December and January. We have hosted numerous free workshops and community events, most recently our Halloween Costume Building workshop at the Living Gallery in Bushwick (details and photos on our website at www.uproarart.org). Last year marked the launch of our Visiting Artist Program which brought local artists into three schools and was a huge hit. We were invited back to each school, and hope to add 3 new schools to our roster in the new year. Documentation and images are available in the Gallery section of our website.
Target demographics: Children and teens in the Brooklyn area, with a focus on underserved communities - i.e. low income, at-risk and minorities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year we served approximately 700 students through in-school workshops, 45 students through extra-curricular classes and 300 families through free community events and workshops.
Geographic areas served: All over Brooklyn, but most recently in Bushwick.
Programs: We offer three different ways to be involved: Free workshops at community events like Maker Faire, Williamsburg Walks and Go Green! Greenpoint Earth Day Festival. We also offer extra curricular classes with a scholarship option at local community art studios like the Living Gallery in Bushwick. Finally, we offer an in-school Visiting Artist Program, especially focused on working with schools that don't have other arts programming. This program gives stipends to local, experienced teaching artists and offers workshops free of charge to local schools.